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  • Verdict: 710,000
    A maintenance man from Groton, Connecticut awarded by way of a full and final stipulation approved in the Bridgeport, Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission for a 100% loss of use of the right "master" upper extremity. The claimant developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy within his right upper extremity. He required pain management and orthopedic care. He was not a surgical canidate and is required to take neuropathic pain medication for the rest of his life. The claimant was treated by a Waterford, Connecticut orthopedist. This Connecticut work related accident occurred when the claimant had his right arm struck by a door opened by a patron at The University of Connecticut at Avery Point in Groton, Connecticut.
  • Verdict: 401,000.00
    Stipulated Connecticut workers' compensation award for L3-L4 work related low back injury which required a lumbar fusion.
  • Verdict: 260,000.00
    A Naugatuck, Connecticut police officer awarded at a formal five years of Permanent Total Disability by the Workers' Compensation Commissioner affirmed on appeal, for chronic lymph edema of both lower extremities. The repetitive nature of the claimant's job aggravated the police officer's preexisting condition. The Commissioner's Examining Physician was found not to be credible where the Commissioner relied on the police officer's internist and the testimony of the Chief of Police.
  • Verdict: 710,000

    Civil settlement for a seven year old from Naugatuck injured while using a neighbors Hedstrom trampoline. Our office hired Donald McPherson of Glen Ellyn, Illinois an outstanding gymnastics/trampoline national expert. Mr. McPherson has testified in over 400 trampoline/gymnastics cases. He opined that the defendant violated the " one jumper at a time" rule, allowing four jumpers, there were too many jumpers causing trampoline reverberation, there was no supervised trained gymnastics expert monitoring the child and multiple jumpers caused convergence in the center of the trampoline. Trampoline manufacturers place use warnings on the trampolines which provide notice to the homeowners of safety use standards. In Connecticut a land possessor has a duty to safeguard children from danger from a structure or artificial condition on the premises. If a child can't comprehend the risk of harm and the condition poses an unreasonable risk of harm to a child, the land possessor must protect the child using reasonable care to eliminate the danger. In some states no allowance is made to account for the age of the child in comprehending the dangerous nature of trampoline use. Connecticut is not that type of state. The minor child recovered without a permanent injury but did require the arm fracture to be set. Additionally, many homeowner liability policies exclude coverage for trampoline use.

  • Verdict: 250,000.00
    Stipulated workers' compensation award for a Waterbury, Connecticut trucker injured in Waterbury who aggravated discs in his low back while driving and unloading his delivery truck.
  • Verdict: 225,000.00
    The plaintiff, a physical therapist, was a resident of Watertown who was shopping within the Southbury Plaza in Southbury, Connecticut. While talking to a friend within a designated crossing area, she was struck on her right lower extremity by a car operated by a women from Heritage Village. She suffered neck pain, right arm pain, low back pain, headaches and bruising to her right lower extremity. Her cervical spine was torqued as her lower body was brushed by the tortfeasor motor vehicle. She treated with pain management specialist Dr. David Levi of Danbury, Connecticut who provided cervical spinal injections and medication. Over four years later, she had a two level diskectomy and fusion to her cervical spine performed by Dr. Alan Waitze of NOSS in Waterbury. One year prior to her pedestrian/motor vehicle collision, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel George foreshadowed cervical spinal surgery. She was assigned a cervical rating of 15%-20% by her treating physicians for her motor vehicle/pedestrian accident. The underlying tortfeasor carrier, Metropolitan, paid the initial $100,000.00. The underinsured motorist carrier, The Travelers, paid an additional $125,000.00 after mediation. Attorney Richard Mahoney of Wethersfield served as the neutral mediator for the parties. Both cases against the tortfeasor and the underinsured motorist carrier were filed in the Waterbury Superior Court and resolved after lengthy discovery. This case was active for over four and one half years.
  • Verdict: 222,000.00

    Stipulated workers' compensation award for lower extremity Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy injury where a die press fell on a Prospect, Connecticut tool maker's right foot.

  • Verdict: 196,500.00

    Bristol, Connecticut school bus driver received a personal injury arbitration award by a three panel arbitration board where a physically and emotionally challenged defendant fell on top of her arm while boarding a special needs school bus. The case was removed from the civil court system and arbitrated by agreement of the parties. The plaintiff required multiple shoulder surgeries. The defense alleged that the defendant owed no legal duty to the plaintiff bus driver because of her physical and mental condition.

  • Verdict: 190,000.00
    Stipulated workers' compensation indemnity only award for a claimant with right arm upper extremity Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. The claimant was a custodial janitor from Groton, Connecticut. His right hand was jammed while he was exiting the mens room at The University of Connecticut at Avery, Point. He developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in addition to his RSD. The case was filed in the Bridgeport, Connecticut Workers' Compensation District. The claimant was assigned a significant right upper extremity impairment from his treating physician, an orthopedic surgeon from Waterford, Connecticut.
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